BIG Changes Coming to How You Book Genie+ in Disney World

The way you buy Disney Genie+ is about to CHANGE in Disney World!


Right now, guests with a single day ticket, Annual Passholders, or guests who simply want to buy Genie+ for a single day (rather than the entire duration of their trip) can buy Genie+ on the day of their visit. But guests with a multi-day ticket or vacation package can buy Genie+ in advance for the duration of their visit. Soon, that’s going to change.

Disney has announced that starting on June 8th, 2022, Genie+ will ONLY be available to purchase through the My Disney Experience app on the day of your visit. 

Buying Genie+ in advance will no longer be an option that you’ll be able to add on for the dates remaining in 2022 and 2023.

Note, however, that this is specific to Disney World and will NOT affect Disneyland.


In essence, this means that ALL guests — whether they have an Annual Pass, multi-day pass, single-day ticket, etc. — will only be able to buy Genie+ on the day of their visit through the My Disney Experience app, one day at a time.

Note, however, that Disney has said Genie+ purchases will be available one day at a time “subject to availability.” You’ll want to carefully look and see if Genie+ is available to purchase during your stay, and you might want to make that purchase EARLY to get the best chance of grabbing it.

Remember that Genie+ can be purchased early on the day of your visit, even before you can make those first Genie+ selections at 7AM.

Lightning Lane at Expedition Everest

Disney has also noted that they expect guests (on average ) to enter about 2-3 attractions per day using Lightning Lane entrances.

Already purchased a ticket that includes the Genie+ service as an add-on for dates in 2022? No worries! You’ll still be able to use the service during the visit.

Be sure to keep these Genie+ changes in mind for your upcoming trips.

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We’ll keep an eye out for more updates and let you know what we see.

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17 Replies to “BIG Changes Coming to How You Book Genie+ in Disney World”

  1. I love this new system. I will be on the phone at midnight to order the genie+ and then be up at 7 AM to plan my first ride. I will now be immersed in the Disney magic day and night. I cannot wait to see the fist fights and short tempers of the vacationers due to lack of sleep. I hope they change the 60 day dining reservations to a same day option. This will be so much more enjoyable going to Disney
    and having a relaxing vacation. I just hope they do not change the VIP tours- Who would think of going to Universal with all of the perks being at Disney?

  2. We recently used Genie+ at Disney World (May 12-14th) and in December we used it at Disneyland. I found it saved a lot of time, though waking up at 7am was not great. On Thursday we went to HS we did standby lines for: Indiana Jones, Star Tours, Rise of the Resistance (only took 1 hour),Tower or Terror, Toy Story Mania, and meeting Sulley. We used LL for Slinky dog, Mickey & Minnie’s Railway and the Millennium Falcon, and we had a ILL for Rise of the Resistance so we rode it a second time. Then that evening we went to Epcot and rode the Grand Fiesta and Frozen via stand-by and then had an ILL for Ratatouille. On Friday at Animal Kingdom we used LL for Kilimanjaro Safaris, Na’vi River Journey, Expedition Everest, and Dinosaur, and ILL for Avatar Flight of Passage. We only stood standby for the Lion King Show and TriceraTop Spin. On Saturday we went back to Hollywood Studios and used LL for Mickey & Minnie Railway, Millennium Falcon, and ILL for Rise of the Resistance, and watch Vacation Fun which never seems to have a line. I used the rest of the LL to stack for the evening at Magic Kingdom: Peter Pan, Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, walked onto Monsters Inc Laugh floor and Winnie the Pooh, and then used our last ILL on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. This was our first trip to Disney World and we accomplished a lot. Over the span of 3 days we saved several hours of waiting in line. Growing up going to other amusement parks that all had paid fastpast systems I was fine with the cost and believe I utilized it pretty well. We did not rope drop any days and over the 3 days we used 5 ILL and 13 LL rides- that is about $3.50 per person per ride for the Genie+ LL which was well worth the price and my time.

  3. Great. So now will have to stay up and frantically book Genie + at Midnight before getting up at 6am ready to try and book lightning lanes at 7am en-route to the parks for Early Entry. Who needs to relax on holiday anymore?!

  4. Here in the UK the option to add Genie+ for the whole trip looks to already be gone. Looking at the WDW UK site today it’s not there to book as part of our package, when it was there there yesterday. Frustrated that we will have to added hassle on our trip now. Very sneaky for them to remove it before the announced date for the US.

  5. I booked tickets for November, but was holding off on Genie+ until I knew our park plan (wanting to prioritize DHS for RoR). I now wish I had purchased it ahead of time!

    Am I correct in thinking this means I’ll need to first purchase Genie+ at 7am (while others grandfathered into this are completing RoR reservations), then upon completion, immediately bop over to try and grab a RoR reservation?

    1. You can buy it before 7 am and just wait until 7 to book your LL / ILL – and you don’t need Genie + to buy ILL

  6. The issue becomes now another thing we all have to scramble about doing early in the morning of every day of our vacation. How much more complicated will they make it? People now have to buy it, then worry about booking their rides. Got news for Disney, I had Genie+ for all 7 days of my trip and if I did it over, day by day, I probably wouldn’t have gotten it all 7 days.

    1. I’m hoping the system basically gets scrapped but my bet is that we are about to see premium days where it will cost more than the standard $15-$20 per day. As long as there remains a portion of the population who appear to have unlimited funds to pay for special treatment, Disney will continue to tweak their system to relieve said people of their money.

  7. We are coming from the UK and are looking to buy 14 day magic ticket to include genie+. Does this mean that these tickets will no longer include this?

  8. I have been an avid Disney vacationer over the years. We have a 10 day trip planned for December 2022 at Yacht Club CL. Now they want us to make a choice prior to vacation to buy Genie + now or be subjected to buying it on our park day starting at midnight. 10 days with two people is 300 dollars more or wait with no guarantee that you can purchase Genie+ the day of? What type of insanity is this? We should just bag whole vacation. It not fun anymore.

  9. This sounds more like Disney has become tired of dealing with complaints by those who bought Genie+ for the entirety of their trip only to find out purchasers were limited to using the Lightning Lane to 2 or 3 times per day (if they still got up at 7 a.m.) and not necessarily for the rides they wanted.

  10. Could genie+ be more of a joke? I wish they’d just left fast pass+ as it was, even if they just started charging for it. They’ve made it so difficult to enjoy a holiday at Disney. We come from the uk for 2 weeks and half the fun was the planning and booking of rides and restaurants. I have severe concerns if our next trip will come anywhere close to prior ones

  11. Great news all! Now we can plan on being on our phones well before 7 a.m. (allowing for the usual wi-fi or random glitches) so we can be sure to have the privilege of being able to book our first experience by 7 a.m.

    1. I sure hope they revisit this decision before next year.
      Can not even buy the tickets till the 8th so there is no way to do a add on for genie+.

      Taking extended family for a trip this is not another item I wanted to deal with daily.

      Resort guests should be allowed to at least purchase the genie+ for the duration of the stay upon arrival of the resort.

  12. Genie+, in either form, is still off-putting. It requires us to pay for something that may or may not be useful or that fits into our plan for that day. Until WDW returns it’s focus onto guest experience, I don’t see us returning to it’s parks.